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Poster: He Live's Date: Dec 22, 2008 8:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ship of Fools as Encore?

at the very least you are partly right -- you may be close to 100% right.... and i find the sentiment totally in line with the general attitude of the band, they did it all. they played A LOT of gigs -- they knew a lot about manipulating/managing an audience... of course there would be a sense at any given point of... "well... we can't make it too good." (i mean there is no way you can go out there and play 12/31/78 80 or 90 times a year.... so it is a fact, they usually held something back. on a night like 12/31/78 they showed their whole hand.... that is not their normal M.O.)

there were times when i think they really carried the energy of a good second set into the encore. that might be another thread.... but, especially in the later years, it was obviously more of an obligation. after many mediocre, uninspired sets the boys dutifully would come out for an encore... i wonder how they went about those encores on B- nights, a shot at redemption? or as martyrs doing their penance? i mean no matter how seasoned a pro you are it is hard to fall on your face and then get up and try again.... and with the dead, sometimes 3, 4, 5 or 6 of them might ALL fall on their faces and then come back out..... you know at least one of 'em ain't gonna be right yet and that is all it takes to tip the cart over again.

all the sudden the tempo is wrong, someone sings the wrong line.... and then FUCK IT! let's get outta here!

BUT Ship of Fools as an encore? i'll take it!! that's like you get one whole extra good song -- and NOT just some "werewolves of london" "satisfaction" don't get me started boring encore selection....

This post was modified by He Live's on 2008-12-23 04:14:27